Spiking Agricultural Commodity Prices Stir Concern in China

China’s securities regulator has called for tighter oversight of agricultural commodity trading amid concerns that speculation could be driving an unusual surge in prices for staples ranging from garlic and ginger to iron ore and coal. Fang Xinghai, the deputy head of China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), on Saturday said the market should be monitored

Fiji and China Discuss Boosting the Island Country’s Production of Rice, Ginger, and Mushrooms

Fiji plans to boost its cooperation with China by promoting Fijian agricultural products including fisheries and tropical agriculture products, the Pacific island country’s Minister for Agriculture Inia Seruiratu said Monday [26 September 2016]…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2016 Key Point During the Fiji-China 4th Joint Working Committee meeting in Suva, both sides discussed boosting Fijian production

China to Adopt Stricter Standards on Pesticide Residue Limits for its Farm Produce

A stricter standard on pesticide residue for farm produce in China will take effect on Friday [1 August 2014]. The new standard includes 3,650 indices detailing the maximum allowable residue [MRL] for 387 pesticides on 284 types of food, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Health and Family Planning Commission, which jointly

Vietnam Intensifies Inspections of Chinese Ginger Following Report of Toxic Pesticide Use by Shandong Farmers

Vietnam has tightened up inspections of ginger imported from China following reports that farmers in Shandong Province were over-using a pesticide called Aldicard in growing ginger. The pesticide is currently banned in Vietnam…Full-text article: Fresh Plaza May 2013 Key point According to the article, generally ginger does not undergo food safety tests since import volumes

Ginger Farmers in Shandong Province Use Excessive Amounts of Toxic Pesticide to Grow Crop

Farmers in Shandong have been overusing an illegal and highly toxic pesticide to grow ginger for years on end, adding yet another concern to the country’s growing list of food scandals. An investigative report by China Central Television (CCTV), which aired on Saturday, discovered farmers in Weifang city had been using the pesticide aldicarb “three